Crash Test Dummies Are Getting Fatter

Crash Test Dummy

Crash test dummies are gaining weight.  The Detroit company that is the world's largest maker of crash  dummies is making them a little fatter to better reflect the actual people driving cars. Humanetics Innovative Solutions makes 70 percent  of the crash dummies sold around the world each year.  Chief technology  officer Mike Beebe said the dummies are stuffed with electronics to  gauge how the body reacts in a crash.  They are making fatter models  because more people driving cars are obese.  It also gives them more  data on older drivers, since many elderly people tend to gain weight over the years.  Each crash dummy costs about one-million dollars.

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